Research and teaching focus: Film and Media Studies; New Rhetoric; American Studies; Film Production; Digital Storytelling; Media Education.

2012-2016: 21st Century Film, TV and Media School . Project Initiator, Advisor, Contributor and Co-editor . A volume of 18 chapters from CILECT member schools that share best practice in teaching and learning. From USA, UK, Europe, Russia, the Americas, China, Oceana, Africa.(CILECT, 2016, ISBN- 978-619-7358-00-1, pp. 476). Co-editing duties were shared with CILECT Director Prof. Dr. Stanislav Semerdjiev, CILECT President Prof. Dr. Maria Dora Mourão & Dr. Cecilia Mello, Universidade de São Paulo, Department of Film, Radio and Television. As of May 2017 all 33 contributors and 108 schools confirmed the receipt of two copies of the book.

Author of the introduction chapter: Film School, And How It Could Save Us (pp. 14-27)



LATEST book 2017: Film Mavericks in Action: New Hollywood, New Rhetoric, and Kenneth Burke (Peter Lang, GmbH, pp. 334).


The book’s ambition is to uniquely yoke familiar histories of New Hollywood with aspects of critical theory that, since the 1950s, have embraced advances in the New Rhetoric as pioneered by literary theorist, philosopher, social analyst and educator Kenneth Burke (1897–1993). The study tracks the career arcs of Hollywood film directors Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Michael Cimino and Francis Ford Coppola whose productions are regarded as Burkean perspectives by incongruity. This analysis is contextualized within an overview that, from the 1920s to the present, considers Hollywood as a “languaged industry” that is grounded in Burkean principles of Order, identification, hierarchy, courtship and ambiguities of substance. The project is designed to serve the interests of colleagues and students in Rhetorical Theory, Film Education, Creative Writing, American Studies, Production Studies, and Film and Media Studies.


We, the media…; (pp. 418).


This study focuses on thirteen Hollywood films that, from the 1970s to the 1990s, assumed to represent the working practices of U.S. corporate broadcast media. The book argues that since such corporations position themselves as individuals before the law, so their film and news texts are carefully authored rhetorical manoeuvres. The structured genre analysis is also enriched by contextual histories which consider relevant legal, institutional and political interventions in the early development of the U.S. public media. This interdisciplinary approach is relevant in a study of film texts which themselves address vital contemporary concerns in media ownership, gender representation, mergers, free speech, new technologies, and the powers of market journalism itself. This book is designed, therefore, to serve the related interests of media educationalists, specialists in film, and students of U.S. media law and broadcast news histories.



Jacobean Visions: Webster, Hitchcock, and Google Culture (pp. 201) from the review: “As a book chiefly about Hitchcock, though Hitchcock as cultural force and avatar, Jacobean Visions infuses some of the enthusiasm of old-style cinephilia into the more au courant if not world-weary discourse of postmodernism. Though Taylor’s ideas, on his own account, underwent a lengthy period of consideration and development, his book seems breathlessly urgent”. Leland Poague, Iowa State University, USA.


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